New York handbag and jewelry designer Debbie Brooks will be at Argo & Lehne in Upper Arlington today for a trunk show.
New York handbag and jewelry designer Debbie Brooks will be at Argo & Lehne in Upper Arlington today for a trunk show. From 12 to 7 p.m., Brooks will showcase her current collection. Since Brooks has a strong commitment to charities (she recently created a bag to help victims of Hurricane Sandy), a portion of the proceeds from the sales of Brooks' line will benefit the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. We last checked in with Brooks in late 2011, and we caught up with her again to chat about her products and new ideas. If you can't make the trunk show, check out Brooks' handbags and accessories on her website or Facebook page. –Heather Weekley, @heather_weekley.
How has your work evolved in 2012?
The college I went to is Pratt Institute, and I went to their 125th anniversary. It happened to be my college reunion as well. I wanted to rekindle and reconnect with the creativity and spark that I had at that time in my life. Being there and walking around the campus reignited my passion and all the goals that I had, and everything that I wanted to create. After I went there, it also happened to be the 25th anniversary of Andy Warhol's death. I created a whole pop art line. The colors are more vivid, and are right on trend in the pop art movement. I think our line is really fun and exciting. It has a whole new youthful vibe. It's a breath of fresh air to the line and connecting with my younger, creative self.
What new items will we find in your collection?
Our new line has more gift items under $50, and we have expanded our technology variety. We have iPad covers. We've expanded the colors of our cell phone wristlets. We have an Italian leather clutch bag that is a great going out bag. We've taken it a step further and built the wallet into the bag. And all of our bags come with a wristlet and shoulder strap, so you can wear them cross body.
What's your must-have accessory this holiday season?
Something with a Magnafab. I love the interchangeable artwork. Poverty spurred my creativity. When I couldn't go out and buy a handbag, I made one. You can buy a basic black bag and change the artwork with the Magnafab, and create a unique look. It is the most versatile, and the best investment for your wardrobe. You can take the same black dress and just pair it with a fabulous bag and it creates a whole new look for your outfit. You can wear the same bag to every party this season by just changing the artwork.